2021-07-01 E-Edition

Elusive forest is full of surprises

In an effort to beat the heat and have some fun with their grandchildren, Dave and Karen of Salem paid an early morning visit to Windham Town Forest’s Orange Trail in search of the renown abandoned excavator. Shown are (from left) Dave giving a piggy-back to Nathan, Nora holding her doll Bella, and Karen. Read more about adventures at the […]

Just for Laughs

The downside of poor planning

The summer has arrived, but I am not a good planner. I leave all the get-away plans to my wife Jen. I envy those who can establish a wellthought out itinerary weeks or months in advance, then stick to it to enjoy the benefits of a fulfilled schedule. The following anecdote may be the finest example of poor planning ever […]

This Bird is an Eagle

Despite COVID challenges, Robert Bird completes church project & attains scouting’s highest rank

For Robert Bird, becoming an Eagle Scout was not a foredrawn conclusion. When it was time to move up from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, he was unconvinced that he should continue. Robert was considering moving onto different ventures in his new hometown of Salem, but his parents encouraged him to try it out for just one year. That one […]

COVID shutdown allowed time for history-related improvements

The Old Meeting House on the Salem Common has been closed to the public for 14 months, however, the Salem Historical Society (SHS) has been active completing several projects over this time. The bathroom construction project has been the priority. Tom Mosson of Mosson Construction managed all phases of this construction to meet the specifications of the design, the historical […]


Getting lost in the natural beauty of portraiture

Jessica Millis has been studying, creating and teaching art for most of her life. As a young girl assisting her mother who gave art lessons in their home, Millis felt destined to become an artist. Recognizing her talents and interest, her parents encouraged her to follow her dreams. These days as she wanders between easels guiding and encouraging her own […]

Dining in the Valley

Japu brings Peruvian heat, Japanese precision to industrial city

Lawrence, Massachusetts is rich in history, serving as a destination for diverse culinary offerings. You can find almost anything you’d want to eat in this city of 80,000. Every restaurant provides an immersive experience into another culture. On a hot summer Sunday, I landed on an industrial island oasis where the Spicket River meets the Merrimack. Japu Restaurant at 4 […]

St. Joe’s Robotic Eagles soar to state champs

St. Joseph Regional Catholic School’s robotics team, the Robotic Eagles, won the Robot Design award during the recent NH First Lego League (FLL) State Championship for their “…outstanding programming principles and solid engineering practices …”. This 10-member team, composed of student-engineers in grades four to eight, has been researching, programming, building and collaborating for this First Lego League ‘RePLAY’ robotics […]

Congrats, Central Catholic Class of 2021!

On June 4, Central Catholic High School’s 312 seniors received their diplomas during the school’s 83rd Commencement. Graduation was held on the Lawrence, Mass., high school’s Raider Field. The following Salem residents are members of the Class of 2021: Alicia Beland Tyler Brissenden Jackson Burns Megan Gosselin Rachel Holliday Hailey Johansen Heather Johansen Bryan Lavoie Sean McCarthy Kaylyn Norris Sean […]

Stroll the meadows at Tattersall Farm

Experience the pleasure of taking a leisurely walk through the meadows and forests at the beautiful Tattersall Farm property, 542 N. Broadway in Haverhill, Mass., on July 11 from 9-11am. Participants will learn some basic wildflower identification characteristics, as well as some fun and interesting natural history and lore about the plants we see. The walk will be led by […]